Globalization - Everyone is talking about it. It is the greatest force changing the structure of the world as we know it – how its governments, businesses, and people operate and interact. But, what does globalization really mean? To completely understand this complex process and why it causes both fear and optimism in citizens everywhere, it is necessary to look at it from various viewpoints. In this section, we hope to shed light on the many issues relevant to globalization, and we encourage you to explore this and other web sites to learn more about the process that is driving your collective future.



What is Globalization?

In brief, globalization refers to the increasingly and closely intertwined economic and political activities of nations. According to Thomas Friedman, globalization involves the “integration of markets, nation-states, and technologies to a degree never witnessed before--in a way that is enabling individuals, corporations, and nation-states to reach around the world farther, faster, deeper, and cheaper than ever before.” and in a way that The driving idea behind globalization is that “the more you open your economy to free trade and competition, the more efficient and flourishing your economy will be.”
However, the process of globalization has resulted in both cooperation and conflict. While the growing interdependence among nations has resulted in amazing opportunities for increased trade and economic growth, it is also “producing a powerful backlash from those brutalized or left behind by this new system.” What are the issues and challenges of globalization that have induced fear and anger in citizens around the world? What are the opportunities we could benefit from if we work together to eliminate the problems associated with globalization?


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